The First Horseman by D.K. Wilson

| January 30, 2015

Move over C.J. Sansom, there’s a new guy in town! Yes, if you’re a fan of Sansom’s Shardlake series, as I am, you will want to get hold of a copy of D.K. Wilson’s The First Horseman and the sequel The Traitor’s Mark. You may not have heard of D.K. Wilson, but if you’re a […]

The Light in the Labyrinth: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn by Wendy J. Dunn

| November 3, 2014

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while you’ll know that I’m often hesitant to review novels about Anne Boleyn because I have spent the last few years researching her and her family and, therefore, have quite strong views on how she is portrayed. It is difficult to read and enjoy a novel if […]

Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden

| October 6, 2014

Trinity is the second instalment in Conn Iggulden’s new Wars of the Roses series. Those of you who read my review of the first instalment Stormbird – click here to read the review – will know that I couldn’t wait to read Trinity, I absolutely loved Stormbird and I had high hopes for Trinity, these […]

Succession by Livi Michael

| October 6, 2014

I had never heard of Livi Michael until Penguin sent me a copy of her new historical novel, Succession, a historical novel telling the story of the Wars of the Roses through Margaret Anjou, wife of Henry VI, and Margaret Beaufort, the future matriarch of the House of Tudor. Michael is not a new author, […]

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| July 7, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Clinard Barnhill’s last Tudor novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, and so jumped at the chance of reviewing Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I. Don’t worry, the novel doesn’t claim that Elizabeth had a daughter, it’s actually about her ward Mary Shelton. Mary Shelton was a real person. […]

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

| July 6, 2014

The tagline of The May Bride is “Marrying the King was Jane Seymour’s destiny and her revenge” which leads readers to believe that this novel will be about Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII – wrong! The novel is actually about Katherine Filiol’s marriage to Jane Seymour’s brother Edward and Jane’s friendship with Katherine. The […]

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

| July 5, 2014

I found Elizabeth Fremantle’s first book The Queen’s Gambit a riveting read so I was looking forward to diving into Sisters of Treason. I enjoyed Fremantle’s first novel but this one was even better and I found it hard to put down. Sisters of Treason was inspired by Leanda de Lisle’s non-fiction book The Sisters […]

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

| June 2, 2014

Last year I read and reviewed Katherine Longshore’s YA novel Tarnish, a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed due to Longshore’s engaging writing style and characterization, so I was more than happy to agree to reading and reviewing an ARC of Brazen and being part of the Brazen blog tour. Brazen, which is due out on […]

Moth To The Flame: The Story of Anne Boleyn by Angela Warwick

| April 10, 2014

I am incredibly hard to please when it comes to fiction featuring Anne Boleyn as a character because I have spent a few years researching Anne and so have built up my own idea of her and her family members in my head, one that is bound to be different from a novelist’s idea of […]

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

| March 14, 2014

The Tournament is the latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly. I’ve never read any of his books before, but this historical appears to be a departure from his usual work. I read all 400+ pages of The Tournament in one weekend. I was hooked from the outset and I enjoyed every minute of […]